Shop Safety Can Be Fun •

  • Advertise with us
Project by tyvekboy posted 12-15-2014 10:32 PM 13809 views 65 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dec 15, 2014

I finally decided to find some scrap in my scrap bin and make some Mudflap Girl Push Sticks like the one Steve posted here a while back.

I made a total of 6 using plywood scraps.

2 out of 3/4 inch scraps
2 out of 1/2 inch scraps
2 out of 1/4 inch scraps

Once I got a pattern that I liked, I printed them off on my laser printer. I roughly cut around the paper patterns and used spray adhesive to attach them to my scrap wood. A bandsaw and scroll saw was used to cut them out. A small round over router bit was used to soften the outside edges and strips of an old belt sander belt were used to round over the inside cut outs. It does take a little longer to make than a plain push stick but worth the effort.

From the front (toes end) to the back hook of the push stick measures 11-1/2 inches. From the bottom (butt end) to the top of her head measures 6-3/4 Inches. The hook end is about 1 inch long and should extend down between 1/8 – 3/16 inch which will allow the push stick to be used with stock as thin as 1/4 inch. I know that my push sticks pictured have hooks that extend more than those dimensions but they will be shortened as the need arises.

This pattern was the original drawing I used but after the first one, I found that the “hair” on the back didnʻt feel comfortable so I cut it off the pattern.

These push sticks are comfortable to use and are long enough to provide enough leverage to control the wood that Iʻm ripping and keeps my hand my hand a safe distance from the saw blade.

I made these about a month ago and like them better than all the other push sticks that I have.

Theyʻre finished with danish oil.

Thanks for looking. Comments and favorites are always welcomed.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

26 comments so far

View prestigedesigns's profile


31 posts in 2659 days

#1 posted 12-15-2014 10:39 PM


-- Prestige Designs, Georgia,

View dukeofburl's profile


13 posts in 3224 days

#2 posted 12-15-2014 10:46 PM

I love it. I absolutely love it. Just don’t let your mind wander when you grab hold of the push stick.

-- dukeofburl

View Nathan H.'s profile

Nathan H.

76 posts in 2853 days

#3 posted 12-15-2014 10:47 PM

LOL watch that finger placment

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

View luv2learn's profile


3147 posts in 3593 days

#4 posted 12-15-2014 11:05 PM

Awesome, and the shape is easier to pick out amongst the saw dust and shavings LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 3582 days

#5 posted 12-15-2014 11:24 PM

Very nicely done from a technical standpoint, and a great resting place for your little finger from an aesthetic or pure fun point.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View JoeinGa's profile


7741 posts in 3297 days

#6 posted 12-15-2014 11:47 PM

Neat idea! I’m sure you’ll NEVER forget to grab a push-stick again!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View UncleStumpy's profile


745 posts in 3602 days

#7 posted 12-15-2014 11:50 PM


Man, I have to make a couple of those…........

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

View BobWemm's profile


3047 posts in 3216 days

#8 posted 12-16-2014 12:39 AM

Like JoeinGa said, you’ll never forget to use those push sticks.
Great idea, I love it.
Makes my daggy push stick look pretty ordinary.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

View kiefer's profile


5852 posts in 3957 days

#9 posted 12-16-2014 12:50 AM

You forgot to say if they are blonde brunett or what ?
Is the finish Danish suntaning oil ?

-- Kiefer

View Mean_Dean's profile


7057 posts in 4437 days

#10 posted 12-16-2014 01:00 AM

Great looking push sticks!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View Gshepherd's profile


1727 posts in 3491 days

#11 posted 12-16-2014 01:04 AM

I’ll take one with Red Hair….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

View tyvekboy's profile


2138 posts in 4303 days

#12 posted 12-16-2014 02:20 AM

Thanks guys for the comments. I can tell you all had fun with this one. I expect to see some of your push sticks posted here soon too. I hope the dimensions will give you a rough idea of where to start.

This would be a good winter afternoon project. I made all 6 of mine in an afternoon.

I was going to take some into the school where I supervise the woodshop cause they have horrible push sticks but didnʻt want to get into trouble with the administrators so they missed out.

I think these are better than a saw stop … cheaper too … lol

Kiefer … I think the can did say Dainish suntan oil. The one in the middle has blond hair. Not too sure about the others.

Gshepherd … if you make one out of cherry, red wood or red cedar youʻll get one with red hair ….

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

View Rick Bailey's profile

Rick Bailey

247 posts in 2652 days

#13 posted 12-16-2014 03:18 AM

Oh thanks now I have to make one for my wife.

In a male figure, I told her that it wouldn’t be OSHA approved in her design. ;-0

She doesn’t even have a table saw!

OH NO! what is she going push with that push stick?


I can’t out run her!

Thanks a lot.


I’ m going out to the shop and hide.

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

View MilFlyer's profile


948 posts in 2962 days

#14 posted 12-16-2014 05:41 AM

Okay, I am totally making one of these!!! ....or two…or three…. Many thanks for sharing a great shop moral piece!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

View bluekingfisher's profile


1333 posts in 4269 days

#15 posted 12-16-2014 09:33 AM

Great artistic touch Alex, well done.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

showing 1 through 15 of 26 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics